Blechnum vestitum

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Blechnum vestitum

Distribution

Malesia: Throughout, in mountainous areas at altitudes of 700-3350 m present, Papua New Guinea absent
Malesia: Throughout, in mountainous areas at altitudes of 700-3350 m, but not recorded from Papua New Guinea.

Notes

1. Blechnum vestitum shares a number of morphological characters with the African Blechnum capense (L.) Schltr. and also with a number of species from Central and South America and from the Australasian and Pacific region. Blechnum vestitum is usually readily separated by the persistent and most conspicuous scaliness of the stipe, rhachis, and the costae. These large papery scales often completely clothe the axes of the frond and sometimes much of the abaxial face of the pinnae.
2. Although widespread through much of the Malesian region B. vestitum may be absent from mainland Papua New Guinea where its place is taken by the related B. hiero­nymi and the newly described B. nesophilum from some of the nearby islands and the Solomons.

Citation

A.G.Piggott & C.J.Piggott 1988: Ferns of Malaysia in colour: 403. pl. 1237-1241
Holttum 1954: p. 449. – In: Revis. Fl. Malaya. f. 259D
T.C.Chambers & P.A.Farrant 2001 – In: Blumea. p 334